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Europe’s potential military rivals are developing modern aircraft which will out-class many of Europe’s current, legacy platforms. The F-35 was intended to be part of the solution; however, the programme has faced delays and escalating costs. Given these and challenging fiscal conditions, European states could consider how the Eurofighter Typhoon can bridge the gap until the widespread adoption of fifth-generation aircraft.
Maximising European Combat Air Power examines the potential of the Eurofighter to meet Europe’s air-power needs. The report draws on first-hand research to provide a thorough analysis of the Eurofighter’s existing strengths as well as the upgrades that would be required to ensure its future viability. With sensible investments, the Eurofighter could continue to be an effective asset in Europe’s air forces and complement new aircraft as they become available.
About the Author
Justin Bronk is a research analyst specialising in air power and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI.